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So Far So Good

by The MoleJuly 2, 2018

Welcome back! As you all probably know over the weekend we’ve shifted all operations to a new hosting provider. And I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but the migration turned out to be a lot less messy than anticipated. Thus far I only had to kill two sys admins, after that everything seemed to be working just fine. The new server appears to even have a bit more muscle than the old one and our pages are loading extra snappy this morning. But wait, that’s not all!

I also managed to set up my own VMWare hypervisor at a remote system located in some data center in Hicksville, NC, which now runs our brand spanking new Zero VPS.

I know it’s probably all the same to you guys, but if you load the Zero indicator today then know that it’s coming from our own mini setup we have full control over. That doesn’t mean we are completely shielded from potential problems, e.g. there could be DOS attacks against the data center or uplink connectivity may break down. But when (and not if) that happens we still have our trusted PC-on-a-stick reserved just for those types of emergencies.

The Road Ahead: More Time For Trading And Expansion

With all what’s been going on over the past year(s) I’m looking forward to opening a new chapter here at Evil Speculator as well as in my own life. To put it bluntly earlier this year I somehow found myself in a spot where I had taken on several important projects that combined ended up pushing me to the edge and then some. Although I didn’t want to pass on any negative vibes to my crew here I had to finally admit that I was reaching burn out territory – on several occasions. Fortunately I managed to press on and push through it all. As the old saying goes: when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

For one I constantly had to deal with recurring problems on part of my service providers (web hosting as well as VPS hosting) and knew that I had to find more sustainable solutions to both. Which took quite a bit of time and research. And as you probably know I also engaged in a loose collaboration with a quant buddy of mine in order to explore new edges and to delve deeper into python and various machine learning topics. What I had not anticipated however was that it would quickly turn into a full scale system development project that increasingly started to occupy significant amount of my time.

And if that wasn’t enough on top of trading, blogging, and everything else I do to keep the lights on, I also bought a bunch of video and lighting equipment early this year in order to start producing educational video content, the first of which being a tape reading video series I am about to complete sometime this month. Which isn’t something I had ever done before as I’m a bit camera shy and not exactly the likes of PewdiePie or Milo. Anyway, all that stuff ties into a new marketing initiative I have been planning for a long time and Scott kept bugging me about. The goal is to expand my reach a little as Evil Speculator traffic has plateaued for the past few years due to increasing distractions competing for eyeballs.

Heading Back Home

With much of that now out of the way and the development project having reached early beta testing I will hopefully be able to spend a bit more time on myself and my family. One of the bigger tasks for the coming year or so will be planning and executing our return to the United States. After having lived in Spain for six years plus now I must say that we’re missing the good ole’ U.S. of A. Plus to be quite frank, during our time here Europe has completely screwed the pooch politically and is increasingly heading into fascist territory. I don’t want to say much more as this is not a political blog but suffice to say that it’s not a place we see ourselves retiring in.

It won’t be easy getting used to paying a fortune for health insurance, housing, transportation, and I definitely didn’t miss tipping! But as much as you may be frustrated by what’s currently going on in the U.S. – over the long term it will once again end up on being on top, politically, socially, and economically. Not Europe, not Asia, not South America, mark my words.

On the trading front I haven’t had much time to look over my charts this morning as I was putting the finishing touches on the new Zero server. I’m glad I exited my second lottery ticket long last Friday, this time a few ticks below break/even.

A drop through 2694 may unleash the floodgates but with only 1 1/2 trading sessions ahead of Independence Day we are going to see participation drop off very quickly, probably starting this afternoon. So if a sell off is on the map then it needs to get a move on and that soon. Alright, I’ll poke around a bit more and add it here if I find anything interesting.

 


About The Author
The Mole
Mole created Evil Speculator amidst the chaos of the financial crisis in early August of 2008. His vision for Evil Speculator is a refuge of reason, hands-on trading knowledge, and inspiration for traders of all ages and stripes. You can follow him and his nefarious schemes at the usual social media waterholes.
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  • BKXtoZERO

    I exited my TVIX fron Friday at 58.0 (bounce after the open). I see possible head/shoulders pattern from last monday, last thursday and today being rt shoulder but needing support right here at 2699. will short on break below, seems to be holding atm.

  • BKXtoZERO

    watching little formation today 2700-2707 for break above/below either

  • BKXtoZERO

    Mole welcome back. Did you get to have any fun this weekend? Hopefully not all work?

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III
  • BKXtoZERO

    Break out of that opening 45 minute pattern goes to the bulls, fast move out of little whipsaw congestion zone shows validity of my signal for the day.

  • BKXtoZERO

    I would short tvix under 56.50 if I could…. Vixen baby

  • BKXtoZERO

    long TVIX 57.8, tight stop

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Where is everyone else?

  • BKXtoZERO

    They just don’t have our work ethic sir! Hanging out on vacation having fun with family

  • BKXtoZERO

    out 57.2 small ding….saving my buying power for something better than this………

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    I’m getting worried that nobody else is seeing this page.

  • BKXtoZERO

    It worked for me, on 2 different computers, typed normal address hint and it came right one.

  • StockTalker

    Steady as she goes

  • BKXtoZERO

    L TVIX (again) 56.92 “Every time I try to get out… they PULL me back in”

  • StockTalker

    Good place to be short. Watching the 7k mark /NQ, reality is about to set in.

  • BKXtoZERO
  • StockTalker

    Judging by the tape the next move could be very impulsive

  • StockTalker

    Everyone on vaca, makes sense to drop it right here.

  • sutluc

    Your site is working fine.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    had some priorities at work. it’s there.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Brilliant – thanks!

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    You WORK?

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    as little as possible.
    😉
    Everything is awesome!!
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/VerIk7pS3iEEg/giphy.gif

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Chief WY MT and OR welcomes you. Battle Lake near Saratoga WY Medicine Bow National Forest. Observe all the people Snic …. Between MT and WY not even a million people Checkout a map and see how big a chunk of land MT and WY Love MT and WY https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc016df91c734eaa4275440ec1b47fe06e92151ecda903eaff39d35a16c0acda.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d713aa4587b091ce6f783b2b75a904305edeb226645fe98367cd4ef335aa0dd6.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ac53f3b4ca8b9ee4f804ece2f4b668aa63ef10a755b65fb29bc70c5b6584384.png JULIE

  • StockTalker

    Glad to hear you are going state side again. Would not want to be in that mess when it starts:)

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    stop with the forest P0rn. it’s barely thawed out by now.
    😉

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Oh that looks awesome. Is that where you are right now? I hate you so much!!!

  • BKXtoZERO

    out on break of 56.5 area, 56.33, 2 small dings today after nice gain holding. Off to work……….

  • Ladywandering

    I can see it

  • StockTalker

    Shorted /NQ, down we go

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    No Chief Currently live in Bozeman MT. I knew my husband two weeks when I married him. EXACTLY 17 days knowing him he took me to Battle Lake WY for our honeymoon.. One day at sea level in OR a few days later 10,000 feet in the WY Rockies. Nothing on earth compares with my husband and MT and WY . Do it all over again in a heart beat.
    JULIE

  • StockTalker

    TVIX to 100 very soon

  • BKXtoZERO

    that is a tough little machine you are fighting on ES today….

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Jejeje – I met my wife in May of 2000 and asked her to marry me a month later. And guess what – she said YES 😉

  • StockTalker

    Volatility is about to expand exponentially, beware.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Nothing like marrying your spouse in a fever. The only way to go Chief !
    JULIE

  • StockTalker

    Shorted crude oil last week, now short the /NQ

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    platinum, Ooooo, ouch.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    GG Down in NCP.TO … PLG Up slightly. More shares PLG
    JULIE

  • StockTalker

    Dollar will crush commodities here.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    you look at the monthly chart?
    after the 2008/2015 low, it’s a LONG way down.

    EDIT: and the COT large traders are giving up, commercial traders coming up.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    excellente’, as long as I’m not in the crusher.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Long term holds GG .
    JULIE

  • BKXtoZERO

    still in crude too…. nice NQ entry for you today, looks good so far.

  • StockTalker

    Also short the Euro

  • StockTalker

    Dollar is on a war path, do not cross her:) Everything Trump has done supports dollar strength and stabilization.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36
  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/sharondsessions/ Sharon

    I agree with that. Too much chaos on a daily basis.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    I have not regretted it for a minute since. She’s a true catch. If I ever visit MT I hope you guys get to meet.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Chief I knew within one minute after meeting my husband that I was going to marry him.
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • BKXtoZERO

    nice! me too.

  • StockTalker

    Gap fill on crude, look out below. -2 /CL

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    Generating some conversation here. Forgive me for my ignorance.
    Is this guy correct, generally speaking? or is he ‘full of it’.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSsCcf6Xk6w

  • StockTalker

    /NQ 7k is the trigger point

  • BKXtoZERO

    Ya… We have them on the run. I think we got their attention…..

  • CandleStickEmUpper

    He is speaking as if one market maker is moving the market the way he wants. Untrue, the moves are a representation of all buyers and sellers.

  • Edgy

    Hey Mole, looks like the gang’s all here! Jusqu’ici, tout va bien.

  • StockTalker

    Lol, waiting for it. it will slide. /CL hit 72.51 at Futures open last night. Shaking weak hands.

  • BKXtoZERO

    Where is BL the king of crude? Haven’t seen him in a little while.

  • Ladywandering

    what i didn’t get was the email you send every morning with the link to the website post

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Excellent – I was really freaked out about the big move and can’t believe it all went so smoothly.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    He’s probably all alone on the old server wondering where we all went – LOL

  • Wave_surfer

    Mole, I wanted to Thank You for all the hard work and professionalism that you put into this site and the products.
    I am confused by some zero customers being upset by the disruptions in service. In real life, things out of our control can sometimes affect us. I am grateful for all that you did and are doing to make things even more stable. Your site is the only site I visit, because you are unique in what you offer.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    GLD The Double top measures to approx 117 i.e. 129 – 123 = 6 123 – 6 = 117 Very strong support 117 – 118
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    off to lunch!

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Me too GG !
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    There are different ways to interpret what is just only a price discovery oscillation. To be sure, operators know these recurring discovery behaviors full well – that’s doesn’t mean any of it is pre-controlled, per-se.

  • StockTalker

    This is a pump and dump, remain short.

  • Mark Shinnick

    How do you figure your not in the majority?

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Stocktalker going to be tough to bring it down before a Holiday esp after the 1st of the month with retirement contributions. Low volume favors the bulls
    JULIE

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    To their credit the vast majority has been super understanding. If nothing else they know that I always work hard to get things back on even keel as soon as possible.

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Super glad to see everyone made it to the other side. Big props to my new hosting firm which performed an apparent perfect migration.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Good Job Chief !
    JULIE

  • CandleStickEmUpper

    Agreed. /ES couldnt make a sustained break past that 2700 mark. Might melt up.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    I love baseball and play 2nd base Women’s Softball. Going out on a limb NY Yankees versus Seattle Mariners for American League Pennant. Mariners to take it all including World Series !
    JULIE

  • StockTalker

    Crystal ball got new lithium batteries.

  • StockTalker

    Market speaks in many words, irational

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    I love second base.
    😉

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    but I love opposite George even more!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiwtXHPwGPE

  • BKXtoZERO

    I loved playing it but I haven’t watched baseball since the strike in the 80s. How is that for holding a grudge? A few play offs games and a series or 2 is all I have seen in 35 years. In reality I find it boring to watch.. Too slow… Like trading 1x vs 3x.

  • BKXtoZERO

    What a wood chipper of a day. This is challenging tape. Whatever my skill level of tape reading, they got me today….. no dishonor in being stopped out. During the correction period 1-2 months ago, my meager skill set was actually rewarded fairly often for playing a simple binary set up. Whatever the reason for entry, simple resistance level, RSI divergence, topping tail candles…. things often worked. Today looking at the rest of the tape after being stopped out and what I “thought” would happen I was wrong again. So I just live with lots of stop outs and they can make a monkey out of me during the day but the trick is not to let them make a monkey out of you permanently. Off to the Indian Buffet!

  • BKXtoZERO

    oddly I too played second and also pitched (little league) he he he

  • https://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Look BKX – don’t try to squeeze blood from a stone. I concede that it’s been a tough six months and you’re probably itching at printing some coin. But timing is everything in the markets and technicals be damned – holiday weeks are not usually known to produce large directional moves. At best you get low participation gyrations.

  • Benson Burns

    100%. I was biting my nails all day yesterday (Aus time) and thought I’d need to roll my butterflies down. Now I’m thinking it might be an upward adjustment.

  • BKXtoZERO
  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    statistically Wednesdays are the biggest movers. (open to close)

    how about checking your trades?
    which days did you do best on?

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • BKXtoZERO

    No friggin idea….. so I learned to use stops, have a plan, have rules… records may come next!

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Crash Helmets … Lookout below GG
    JULIE

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    GG Wha tdo you have for CAT support ? I have 130
    JULIE

  • BKXtoZERO

    Looking at charts after work… My short TVIX call on break below 56.5 worked… just had a fake out first, then next time it got there it dropped like a rock right through that level. Ms MKT in bitchy mood today. Also wife comes home tonight from 2 weeks away. coincidence?

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yeah…I came in short then flipped early and went home long. Its because what we saw recently was a retesting of last month’s volatility crush that ended up finding local support today. See what happens, as usual.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Like volatility support and resistance…kiss and make something out of it 🙂

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    only when Mole says so.
    High yield held today.
    http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=HYG&p=D&yr=0&mn=6&dy=0&id=p26679836900

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • BKXtoZERO

    My wife isn’t into all that flexable stuff lol

  • BKXtoZERO

    hope she likes the bathroom I killed myself redoing in about a week.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    Thanks GG
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36

    GG Have you noticed the strong rally in the Utilities? This could be ugly for Banks as the Gurus think interest rates will continue rising
    JULIE

  • http://www.captainboom.com/ captainboom

    I checked in with him via email about a week ago. He’s fine. Taking a break from the blog chatter to clear his head.

  • http://www.captainboom.com/ captainboom

    Fine on my side. Zero working fine too.

  • Julie 35 – 25 – 36
  • Mark Shinnick
  • Jay Thomas

    Brings a tear to my eye. What a hook. If he had placed his feet and hips differently it would have removed the head from the neck. And ya gotta love how the antifa fascists show up with weapons to terrorize citizens yet the antifa girl calls the hero a coward.
    Man, I wish I could trade like that.